THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK October 23-29, 2016



October 23-29, 2016

“The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” Psalm 34: 18-19We might ask, “Where is God?  We don’t see him answering the cry of the refugees or the poor.  Is he only hearing, not doing?”  We are the hands and feet of God.  If we don’t see the answers.  It means we are sitting on our hands.  We are to hear the cry and act.  It is up to us to reveal the presence of God through our charity, just acts and mercy.  Our hearts and creativity have to be open.  New endeavors and initiatives for justice and peace have to be delivered by us.  Are we too busy with mundane things and have no time to step out of our comfort zones?  The “cry” is overwhelming. Let us say with Samuel of the Old Testament, “Lord, here I am. Send me.” 1 Samuel 3:3-19

Hopefully, each evening, as we say a fond, “Good night,” to our loved ones, as well as, our merciful and just God, we can say with St. Paul, “I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4: 7 In our night prayer we can also recall the two men who went to pray in the temple – the Pharisee and the tax collector. Luke 18: 9-14 One praised himself; the other humbled himself.  May we bow our head and say, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”

The nineteenth century produced the founder of the Claretians, St. Anthony Mary Claret, a Spanish priest and missionary.  For a time he was the Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba.  He was called back to Spain, where he acted as confessor for Queen Isabella II and continued to minister to the poor.

On Friday, October 28, Sts. Simon and Jude, apostles are honored. Very little is known about these apostles.  Stories say that they went as missionaries to Persia and were martyred there.  Jude is the one to whom intercessory requests are sent for desperate cases.  Some legends say it is because his name is associated with Judas Iscariot, the traitor.

Monday is United Nations Day.  Let us remember in prayer those member countries, who participate in this difficult task of communication and collaboration for the benefit of the world family.

As we conclude this month of the Holy Rosary, may we continue to ponder the mysteries of the Rosary and apply the lessons learned to our daily journey?

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


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